Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
A person is not an animal with a
potential to be an angel.
Rather he is an angel that has fallen to the level of an animal.
"I said of you," King David would
are gods; all of you, children of the Upper One..." Each one of us is
angel, a divine being.
"But," he continues, "... as people,
If we do not make the effort, if we do not detach ourselves from our
drives, we lose all that is
divine within us -- all
that is eternal. We must work to be all we really are.
and riches the Other
Side promises us are the same rewards and riches Hashem wants to give
What's the difference between the two of them then?
The Other Side wants us to chase
after our pleasure, with
desperation, exasperation -- the exasperation of having no one to rely
besides ourselves. Therefore, to achieve our ends, we even mislead
little; we even cheat and steal.
Hashem however, wants us to achieve
our ends in straight,
honest ways, and with a full trust in Him -- the trust that only Hashem
give us our hearts' desires.
If we want to succeed in a real way
-- a healthy, eternal
way -- we have to pick Hashem's route.